Quesadilla: The most versatile thing since butter
Who doesn’t love quesadillas (or their friend the fajita). Most cultures have some answer to the “How can we wrap these otherwise messy foods into a portable format?” question. France has the crepe. Italy has pizza and its various formats. Greece has filo dough. China has dumplings. Etc, etc.
But Latin America, hombre. Now they know what is up.
I argue here that quesadillas are the best of all because they are relatively palate neutral (like crepes), able to customized with pretty any other type of food, and, best of all, always involve melted cheese.
Anyway, there’s a pretty decent recipe here for some chicken and spinach ones, but feel free to expand your queso horizons.
Because really, who buys stuff when you can make it? (My parents)
Apartment Therapy has combined all of their DIY stuff from the last year and picked the best. This is a crass way to generate content, but whatever. I particularly enjoyed the article on ridding studio apartments (cough*dormrooms*cough) of cooking smells. My forever-bacon-imbued wool winter coat from high school would probably have appreciated this post, too.
Whatever you get this year, it’s not that bad
Yay for truly awful gifts. Check out the commentary over at Shapely Prose to realize that yes, the movie out of the $5 bin you got this year is actually pretty good in comparison.